Wife says “Guitar sounded really full at church today.”

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  1. christhee68

    christhee68 Friend of Leo's

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    After church last week, my wife said “The guitar sounded really full today. Was it because the piano player wasn’t there to drown you out this week?”
    The backstory is that it was about 34 degrees and rainy and I didn’t want to take my Taylor 314ce out in the elements. It was locked up nice and tight in its case with humidipaks installed since the humidity in my house had dropped to about 31%.

    So I took my Martin DCX1RE (I can never remember all those letters—I just call it “X-Series”). The first thing I noticed is that Fishman electronics seem to have a lot more gain than the Taylor ES system. It also has a lot more knobs and dials with which to dial in your tone. On my Taylor, I pretty much run the volume at about 3 o’clock but my X Series I had it turned up less than half and it was much fuller and more prominent than the Taylor. So much that my wife even noticed.

    So, to compare the two, the Taylor ES system seems to me to have a more life-like acoustic tone, while the Martin Fishman sounds big and full. Not exactly life-like, but a good tone nonetheless and capable of filling a room (a big church) with sound.
     
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    haggardfan1 Friend of Leo's

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    May I ask if you're running direct, using an amp, or some combination of both?
     
  3. McGlamRock

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    How many chores did she ask you to do after? :p

    Seriously, I used to own a Taylor 314CE too, and I wasn't that impressed with the "expression system" either. I liked the way it sounded unplugged and the way it played, but never really bonded with it.

    You can try putting an EQ pedal next time you use the Taylor. I thought I got a better sound that way
     
  4. christhee68

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    Plugged into a D/I and then into the board.
     
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    Thanks. I'm doing the same, and I also see a difference in my two guitars; not as pronounced as what you described though.

    I'm just always looking for comments from folks who can make an amplified acoustic sound credible. Man, it's hard to do.
     
  6. el cheapo

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    Played mine at church last week. Folks said it sounded good. No DI box, ran it straight into the snake.

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    DCX1E
     
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    K&K
     
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    Cool guitar.
    You gotta be wary of those pianos.



    When my wife says things like that, she's making sure I didn't sneak another one in.
     
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    Wife says things like that.... It's a trap!
     
  11. christhee68

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    So what you're telling me is that what she really meant was "Your cheap particle board Craigslist Martin sounds better than that expensive all-wood Taylor you keep in the case and spent your daughter's braces money on"?:confused:
     
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    JJB Electronics. K&K at less than half the price.
     
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    Just an aside, but I've noticed a few Taylor owners don't know their ES system is designed to run straight to the mixer. It's a low impedance, balanced signal and is easily accessed with a TRS->XLR adapter. Plug it in with a standard mono cable, and you only get half the signal.

    Another vote for K&K. Add a Baggs Venue, and you can get a great live sound with very little fiddling around with knobs and such.
     
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    Correction...those backs and sides are finest quality, countertop grade formica. TONE formica!:lol:

    I don't care how they do it...I love my formica Martin.
     
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    christhee68 Friend of Leo's

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    Have you ever tried the KOA formica? Does it have better tone? How about the mahogany formica? I bet it sounds a lot different.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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